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Departmental Recruitment

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many new recruits his Department took on in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07, (c) 2007-08 and (d) 2008-09; how many of these were taken on as (i) permanent, (ii) temporary and (iii) agency staff; and what estimate he has made of the equivalent figures for (A) 2009-10 and (B) 2010-11. (254472)

The number of new recruits taken on by the Department in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07, (c) 2007-08 and (d) 2008-09 and how many of these were taken on as (i) permanent, (ii) temporary and (iii) agency staff is set out in the following table.

Number of permanent staff taken on

Number of temporary staff taken on

Number of agency staff taken on

2005-06

2,234

480

645

2006-07

1,931

555

944

2007-08

1,415

827

949

The data in the table are for the Department for Transport (Centre) and its agencies. The figures for 2008-09 are not available. The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency has a category of staff termed “casual staff” which have been recorded under temporary staff in the aforementioned table; the Vehicle Operator Services Agency does not record agency staff numbers centrally; and temporary/fixed term staff are recorded within the permanent category for the Department for Transport (Centre) for 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08.

Estimates for the equivalent figures for (A) 2009-10 and (B) 2010-11 are not available.